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Self Help Center sees an increase in services needed

Self Help Center sees increase in services needed
Self Help Center sees increase in services needed(Bobbee Russell)
Published: Aug. 6, 2020 at 5:52 PM CDT
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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - The Self Help Center in Evansville offers a safe house to domestic violence and sexual assault victims. The executive director says they’ve almost tripled their numbers for the year.

“We typically get about 2,500 calls a year and we are at that now,” said Jennifer Dyer, the Self Help Center executive director.

She added it’s difficult to say an exact reason but her best guess is the pandemic and what came with it.

“Economic downfall is tough on families,” Dyer said.

So far, they have helped 256 clients with advocacy or mental health services, 256 clients spending nights in the safe house and 2,226 people with critical calls.

Dyer says they are open for more people to volunteer to take those calls.

“There is a 48-hour advocacy training that goes into being able to take the calls,” Dyer said.

They’ve had challenges throughout the pandemic too like decreasing the number of people allowed in the safe house and budget cuts.

“It’s been a learning curve this year and we are making it work. We are still here to help those that need us,” Dyer said.

The Self Help Center provides:

Mental Health services

Advocacy

Domestic violence emergency shelter

Youth Prevention Education

Their 24-hour emergency hotline is on their website https://www.shccasper.com/

Dyer adds socks and cleaning materials would be helpful during these times.

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